Which Star Trek film is the best?
After a discussion about how Star Trek could ever work again I began to think about which films did work and why, and that sparked that age old debate, which Star Trek film is the best, and why?
I think it's an age thing, so my Dad will tell you that his favourite is the one with the Whales, The Voyage Home whereas before Undiscovered Country I would have said Wrath of Khan. Now? Well I'll say Undiscovered Country of course.
Undiscovered Country worked for quite a few reasons. It took the whole Star Trek universe and looked at it seriously but still managed to inject humour. It really manged to achieve an epic feel throughout and made the characters feel real and heroic. It mirrored events that were happening in real life - the break up of the USSR. It feautured one of the best baddies since Khan in the guise of the awesome Christopher Plummer, and it was written and directed superbly.
It was a complete package and for me elavated the Star Trek stories from entertainment to something a bit stronger and slightly more serious. Well, it certainly did for me anyway. Yet there are so many others who prefer the funnier, lighter side of Trek, or the formula they stuck to in the older episodes.
So what's your favourite Star Trek movie and why? I'm sure it's not actually that easy and, like me, you have a couple of favourites but can easily put them in some order. Is there anyone that likes The Voyage Home best? Please say my Dad's the only one!